Our course deals with the exploration of the Tools, Techniques, Tasks and Theoretical Underpinnings associated with the educational use of Information and Communication Technologies.
One such technology is the relatively new approach to on-line communications called the Wiki. Wikipedia describes the technology as "a type of website that allows users to add, remove, or otherwise edit and change most content very quickly and easily, sometimes without the need for registration."
Originally designed to foster the development of on-line private and public knowledge bases, wikis are increasingly being used as on-line collaboration tools. The name "wiki" means fast in Hawaiian and refers to the main characteristic of wikis, namely the ease with which even non-technical users can rapidly add and update content.
See Wikipedia entry on Wiki's for more information.
To give everyone a brief exposure to wikis I've but together a wiki site called MES:LIT - Aspects of Educational ICT at http://mes-eduict.pbwiki.com. This particular wiki uses the Peanut butter wiki engine. To find out more about the Peanut butter wiki engine go to http://pbwiki.com
If you would like to try out the wiki, email me and I'll send you the password and you can try your hand at posting.
I'll be looking at other wiki engines such as the Course Forum engine. I've profiled PBWiki on Kim's recommendation. I'll profile Course Forum because it has been specifically designed for educators.